NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at email@example.com or 585-617-9644.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Copper Picture Frame: Working with copper sheet, each participant will make a hammered copper picture frame with chased accents. Various sized letter stamps will be available to add dates and messages. (Open to all levels)
Copper Napkin Rings: Come learn to make beautiful and unique napkin rings out of copper in this beginner level class. Students will be introduced to various ways of manipulating and decorating copper sheet to create pieces they can show off to guests. Students should leave with at least 2 napkin rings. (Open to all levels)
Copper Pendant or Earrings: Create beautiful, unique body-bling in this beginner level class. Come learn to make beautiful and unique earrings, or a simple drop pendant, with copper. Students will be introduced to various ways of texturing the copper sheet. Students should leave with at least 2 pairs of earrings or pendants. Nickle Free base metal ear hooks will be provided for earrings. (Open to all levels)
(NOTE: Above are examples of various topics offered, however each class focuses on only one. The topic of each class is listed with the corresponding date.)
Arc + Flame Metal & Coppersmithing Samplers are an excellent way to learn about various metals and explore the fundamental techniques involved with forming them. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction to enhance your learning experience.
These classes will cover the fundamentals of chasing designs in metals using hand tools. We will cover treatment of copper, the basic tools and the finishing of the materials.
Chasing is a series of techniques for the decoration of metalwork by forming the outside of a surface. The metal is worked from the front by hammering with tools that raise, depress, or push aside the metal without removing any from the surface. Chasing is the opposite of embossing or repoussé in which the metal is worked from the back to give a higher relief. Strictly chasing refers to line decoration applied to the face of repoussé work with a tracer but the term is frequently used more generally to describe any hammered or punched decoration on metal.
No prior experience is needed. Students with prior experience or who have already taken a class can email project ideas to the instructor for pre-approval.
NOTE: Metal & Coppersmithing Classes are interactive and involve some physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students! Samplers will be held at various times throughout the year, the project will vary each class and are three to five hours long. Be sure to check the class listing prior to checkout.
Sampler Schedule: (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
- 3.5 hour class period: 6:30pm-10:00pm
- Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
- Experience required: None
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
- Sunday, January 6th: Napkin Rings (1pm-4:30pm)
- Wednesday, January 16th: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Monday, February 18th: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Monday, April 22nd: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Monday, May 13th: Napkin Rings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Wednesday, July 17th: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Monday, August 19th: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Wednesday, September 18th: Picture Frame (6:30pm-10pm)
- Wednesday, October 16th: Napkin Rings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Wednesday, November 20th: Pendant/Earrings (6:30pm-10pm)
- Wednesday, December 18th: Napkin Rings (6:30pm-10pm)
Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:
NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.